General homeschooling stories:
- latimes.com, Los Angeles, California, 24 July 2005, New Role for Home Study: Honing a Gift
"Home schooling has long been a refuge for parents unhappy with public schools. Now, a growing number of athletes, musicians and actors are abandoning traditional classrooms so they can focus on their talent, educators say."
- The Journal Net, Johnson County, Indiana, 25 July 2005 Children learn how?
Subheadings are Public School, Private School and Home School
"But she may do something different with her second child. Owen, 5, will go to kindergarten at Sawmill Woods Elementary School in New Whiteland this fall. Johnson will make a decision about whether to keep Owen home after he finishes kindergarten or send him on to first grade after she sees how he responds to being in school.
Different kids have different needs, and figuring out how to meet those needs is the job of the parent, Johnson said."
- Austin Daily Herald Online, 26 July 2005, Texas Homeschool v. public school and clearing up the myths
"Twenty years ago, parents had to go digging through dumpsters behind schools to get textbooks," she said. "Now, we have conventions where we have publishers coming to us."
- Fauquier Times-Democrat, 26 July 2005, Virginia, Sailor focuses on needs of Iraqi children
"Wise, 21, is the son of Bryan and Sandy Wise of Warrenton. He attended Warrenton Middle School before beginning homeschooling."
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"Wise reported that in addition to his military duties, he has been involved in several projects meant to win the support of Iraqis living near the base."
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"These efforts have brought about improved relations with Iraqis allowed to enter the base."
- The Citizen, Fayetteville, 27 July 2005 Georgia, Black belt riding a three year unbeaten streak
"Kojak began to take Jordan to competitions and she hasn’t lost a match in three years. She has progressed from green belt to second degree black belt and is now a captain and a junior instructor at the school. To keep progressing, Jordan practices everyday. She resides in Fayette County and is a homeschool student."
- ArriveNet, 27 July 2005, Virginia VA Homeschoolers Salvage Yahoo! Disaster
"Virginia’s eclectic homeschoolers are the greatest! After Yahoogroups vaporized a favorite statewide discussion list, the homeschoolers rallied and recreated a new e-list with a membership of over 325 in three weeks."
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“It’s too bad that the old list is gone,” Seaborne said, “but this is also a great opportunity for creating additional internet presence for eclectic homeschooling,”
Confusing public-school-at-home with homeschooling
- Rural Northwest .com, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, It’s OK to Homeschool
"Beside the private schools, and the traditional public or charter schools, the state of Idaho now offers two homeschool charter schools online, making it one of the friendliest states toward homeschooling."
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"The recently started IDEA is a public charter school that provides homeschool parents with money to purchase a non-faith based curriculum of their choice, according to Rice. In addition, the parent works with the IDEA to develop an individual student education plan."
Marketing preschool to parents (this is a topic to be aware of in the light of increasing calls for universal preschool, and some actions to lower the age of compulsory school attendance)
- Communications Strategies for Advocates of Early Childhood Education
"The objective was to identify those labels that could be helpful in convincing people to support public policies for improved affordability and quality of early childhood care and education."